September 21, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Shukria Dellawar is an Afghan-American peace and security expert, writer, poet, and outspoken human rights advocate. She has worked with Afghan and global organizations including Women for Afghan Women, Women Thrive Worldwide and Center for International Policy and has long advocated for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Recently, my colleague Marzia…

September 8, 2017 FWW Admin

By Marzia When I left school in the fall of 1995, I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to return for six years. The years that followed could’ve been spent learning and improving myself, but they turned into the darkest and the scariest years of my life when the…

August 23, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Tahmina Aminy After growing up in war in Afghanistan, it has taken me a long time to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I still wake up from horrific nightmares unable to breathe or move. The sound of bombs and rockets still shadows me through my dreams. I still…

August 15, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Hangama Amiri is an up-and-coming Afghan-Canadian artist. She graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was a Canadian Fulbright Fellow at Yale University. Currently, Amiri is an Artist-in-Residence at Lunenburg School of the Arts in Nova Scotia. Hangama has had exhibitions in London, Venice, New York, California, Morocco,…

August 12, 2017 Aisha Azimi

The youth of Afghanistan are making their unapologetic mark on the world. Just over a month ago, the Afghan Girl Robotics Team flew to Washington, D.C. to show the world just how powerful a girl can be. The team were winners before the countdown even began, but their resilience earned…

August 9, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

This is a “Thank you” to all the women who provide the bulk of the world’s unpaid and unappreciated labor, but remain invisible. My hero is an exhausted mother Who sings lullabies to her kids Even though one day They may feel ashamed to call her by her name. *…

August 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

With more than twenty years of experience in the humanitarian field inside and outside Afghanistan, Belquis Ahmadi is one of the foremost thought leaders on women, peace and security and women’s rights in Afghanistan. Currently a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, Ahmadi has worked with relief,…

July 31, 2017 FWW Admin 1Comment

We are beyond excited to share Free Women Writers’ latest book with all of you! A guide for women facing gender-based violence, You Are not Alone derives from years of research, speaking with survivors of violence and our experiences as women and survivors. Through this book, we share stories inspired by…

July 26, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

This week, Mohammad Yama Aini, an Afghan diplomat with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations physically assaulted his wife resulting in her admission to emergency care in Queens, New York. He couldn’t be charged because of diplomatic immunity. This is not the first time an Afghan diplomat has committed violence against…

July 24, 2017 FWW Admin

Negah My mom called me to thread the machine needle for her. Her sight has been suffering. As I sat there watching her sew my pillow cases that I have been stubbornly asking to be done as soon as possible, she brings up my latest proposals and the consequences of…

July 19, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Dear Sisters, Like many Afghans, I didn’t know much about Robotics, but felt deeply saddened when I heard that your visa was denied – twice – and you almost didn’t get to compete in the Washington, DC, USA FIRST Global Olympics. Most of the time, all we get from the…